Guilt

8 Dec

What a tricky and impactful word that is! It is a give and take concept. Some people think we should GIVE guilt and others think we should TAKE it from others.

The dictionary definition of guilt is this: The fact of having committed a specified or implied offense or crime.

A psychological definition of guilt is this: Feeling responsible or regretful for a perceived offense, real or imaginary.

I have never been a fan of guilt. I try never to impose it and I try never to let it bring me down. I try to let it go as soon as it comes. (Unless, of course, I purposely tried to hurt someone…then I better own the situation and repair the situation so I can let go of the guilt with a right spirit.) Thank goodness purposely trying to hurt someone is not really my nature.

The Word of God addresses guilt in many places.

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

(1 John 3:20)

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved”

(John 3:17)

I recently read a little prayer on this matter printed in a book called EVERYDAY PROMISES. The words are encouraging.

“Holy Spirit reveal to me my sin, cleanse me and empower me to walk obediently and with a clear conscience so that I may live boldly and courageously for you. AMEN”

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